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Three-story pagoda
with Nachi Falls in the background
Mountain Name Nachisan
Denomination Tendai
Venerated Nyoirin Kannon (Chintamanicakra)
Founded 4th century (presumed legendary)
Founder(s) Ragyō Shōnin
Address 8 Nachisan, Nachikatsuura-chō, Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama Prefecture
Country Japan

Seiganto-ji (青岸渡寺?) is a Tendai Buddhist temple in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. In 2004, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other locations, under the name "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range". According to a legend, it was founded by the priest Ragyō Shōnin, a monk from India. The temple was purposely built near Nachi Falls, where it may have previously been a site of nature worship. Seiganto-ji is part of the Kumano Sanzan shrine complex, and as such can be considered one of the few jingū-ji (shrine temples, see article Shinbutsu shūgō) still in existence after the forcible separation of Shinto and Buddhism operated by the Japanese government during the Meiji restoration.[1][2]

It is Kansai Kannon Pilgrimage's No.1 (first stop) and an Important Cultural Properties of Japan.


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  1. ^ For details of the subject of shrine temples, see the article Shinbutsu shūgō.
  2. ^ "Jungūji". Encyclopedia of Shinto. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 


Coordinates: 33°40′9.15″N 135°53′23.31″E / 33.6692083°N 135.8898083°E / 33.6692083; 135.8898083